NBC (Monday, Oct. 22, 9 p.m. ET)
You don’t need a great excuse to watch Sophia Loren in a rare appearance on TV. Aurora is not a great one. But it’s a good one, a pleasant, romantic romp through pretty Italy that shows her off and lets her show off her 11-year-old son, Edoardo Ponti (page 120). Sophia is a single mother; Edoardo is her blind son. To pay for his eye operation, they go on an expedition to extort money from his possible papas, Sophia’s flingmates from a decade before: Daniel J. (Hill Street Blues) Travanti and Philippe Noiret, a delightful French comic actor. There are some sappy moments: The blind boy gazes blankly at the sky and sighs, “Even with the window closed, I still see my stars.” But never mind that. Aurora is a simple little story made charming by the magic Sophia shares with her son and her audience.